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Below are posts at Gather with links to related posts. For many posts, combining earlier versions, updates and similar posts at Blogger and Knol can raise total views to over 1000.

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views: 14726 | comments: 42 | Mar 7, 2007

Let’s have a look at the many concerns and dangers associated with global warming and the resulting changes in climate around the world. I’ve tentatively grouped them into ten points. . . . more  23074 views with knol Ten Dangers of Global Warming (8348 views)  See Dangers of Global Warming – update (Apr 16, 2008) and blog Change-our-world
views: 14708 | comments: 28 | Apr 8, 2007

There are many things we can all do to reduce our contributions to global warming. Here are ten things politians can do now to make a difference: 1. Tax energy supply that adds extra heat to global . . . more  17107 views with Recommendations to deal with global warming (Aug 14, 2010, 915 views) and knol (1489 views)
views: 13509 | comments: 151 | Feb 15, 2009
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has in many respects underestimated the severity of global warming and the speed at which it strikes. “From 2000 to 2007, greenhouse gas . . . more  16579 views with knol Global Warming – Red Alert! (3070 views)
views: 9324 | comments: 65 | May 15, 2008
The US government has listed polar bears as a threatened species, as Arctic sea ice shows dramatic reductions. On Wednesday, US Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne referred
to the Endangered Species Act . . . more
Toyota to launch electric car

views: 8029 | comments: 92 | Sep 1, 2008
Toyota has announced plans to launch an electric car. It will be an all-electric car (rather than a hybrid) and it will be a small car, limited to commuting or city driving, powered . . . more

The Electric Helicopter

views: 4436 | comments: 17 | Oct 9, 2008
The electric helicopter pictured below is an invention of Sean Herbert, who started testing the concept two years ago. With Sydney-based Wieland Helicopter Technologies, Sean has now developed an range . . . more
views: 3981 | comments: 25 | Apr 20, 2008
Last month, at the New York International Automobile Show, Mitsubishi displayed the i MiEV (i indicates it’s a minivan, while MIEV stands for M itsubishi i nnovative E lectric V ehicle). Mitsubishi . . . more
views: 3372 | comments: 13 | May 4, 2008
OptiSolar is developing a 550-megawatt photovoltaic solar farm on the northwestern corner of Carrisa Plains, some 100 miles north of Los Angeles. The project will produce enough electricity to power . . . more  See First Solar to build 2 gigawatt solar power plant in China (Sep 18, 2009, 187 views) and Roof tiles that change color with temperature (Oct 11, 2009, 219 views)  on Solar Roadways, see Five Electrifying Transport Ideas (Nov 17, 2009) and First Solar joins Desertec (Mar 17, 2010)

views: 2974 | comments: 9 | Apr 3, 2008
In November 2007, I wrote an article about Project Better Place , which was planning to deliver subsidized electric vehicles, while recovering costs through a network of recharging points and battery . . . more
Biochar
views: 2809 | comments: 21
 | Oct 22, 2007; updated Jul 14, 2009
Reducing greenhouse gases is one of the biggest challenges of our times. The main greenhouse gases are carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide. Over half of all greenhouse . . . more  5827 views with knol Biochar (3003 views)  Updates Agrichar (Oct 6, 2007)  See blog bio-char (679 views), blog Agrichar (441 views), Soil as carbon sink (June 2, 2008) and The Biochar Economy (Sep 26, 2011, 154 views), knol (102 views) and blogpost (110 views)
On 28 March, President Obama announced the launch of the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate (MEF). A preparatory session will be held at the US Department of State on April 27-28 in Washington, . . . more  6071 views with blogpost with several signatories (3450 views)

views: 2559 | comments: 28 | Nov 10, 2007
The commitment of Iceland toward creating the world’s first hydrogen society has reached new heights with project SMART-H2 (Sustainable Marine and Road Transport – Hydrogen). Fuel cell . . . more  See The Hydrogen Economy (Sep 17, 2007), Breakthroughs open door for the Hydrogen Economy (Aug 1, 2008) and Hydrogen – efficiency (Sep 19, 2007)


Agrichar

views: 2498 | comments: 36 | Oct 6, 2007
Most households only use one or at most two different rubbish bins, one for recyclables recyclables (paper & packaging) and one for general waste. It makes a lot of sense to add a third type of rubbish bin . . more  See blog Agrichar (441 views), geo-engineering blogpost (153 views) and Sam Carana blog (71 views)

What will power your next car? 

views: 2483 | comments: 51 | May 28, 2009
What will power your next car? Will it be gasoline, diesel, perhaps mixed with biofuel? Or will it be electricity? In case electricity will power your next car, how will it be produced? From coal, natural . . more  3461 views with knol (978 views)  See Setting the record straight on energy (Sep 26, 2009) and Clean Energy Standard? (May 5, 2011)  on biofuel, see Algae Bags (Apr 30, 2009)

The Lieberman-Warner Climate Security Act was defeated in the Senate last Friday. As CNN reports, President Bush said he would have vetoed the Senate bill anyway. So, it looks like major action . . . more    See Kerry and Lieberman – the American Power Act (May 13, 2010, 468 views),  The FeeBate Debate (Dec 28, 2007, 403 views), Global warming calls for global commitment and local action (Sep 19, 2008, 246 views), A Framework of Greenhouse Gas FeeBates (Mar 6, 2008, 267 views), knol Feebates (1715 views), knol Feebates are most effective (987 views), blog Feebates (1104 views), blogpost Sam Carana (36 views), What characterizes our Times? (Apr 3, 2007, 386 views), What most defines our Times? (Sep 3, 2011, 147 views) and Why both capitalism and socialism are dead! (Aug 13, 2007, 147 views)

Algae Bags

views: 2203 | comments: 22 | Apr 30, 2009
NASA scientists are proposing algae bags as a way to produce renewable energy that does not compete with agriculture for land or fresh water. It uses algae to produce biofuel from sewage, using nutrients . . . more  Update at knol Funding of Carbon Air Capture  on biofuel, see BiocharWhat will power your next car? (May 28, 2009) and comments under post by Chris W (Feb 2008)
views: 2108 | comments: 19 | May 22, 2008
Rising Sun for Electric Cars – Originally published 04/22/08 (Earth Day) by Roy Morrison in Policy Innovations Earth Day 2008 is a time to ask: Is my sustainability work consonant . . . more  See Vehicle to Home (V2H) – Electric cars to power homes (Jul 9, 2011, 213 views)

CETO Wave Power combined with Desalination

views: 2005 | comments: 15 | Jan 28, 2009
In Greek mythology, Ceto was a sea goddess. Ceto was a daughter of Gaia and Pontus, and she personified the power of the sea. In a current incarnation, CETO is the name of a wave power technology . . . more

Removing carbon from air – Discovery Channel

views: 1964 | comments: 25 | Oct 23, 2008
Professor David Keith of the University of Calgary is working on a device that removes carbon dioxide (CO 2 ) directly from ambient air. Keith has built a tower, 4 feet wide and 20 feet tall, . . . more  See Algae Bags (Apr 30, 2009), knol Funding of Carbon Air Capture (3930 views) and  blogposts Funding of Carbon Air Capture (403 views), Removing carbon from air (364 views) and Artificial Trees (May 7, 2007, 527 views)

Carbon-negative building

views: 1933 | comments: 17 | Apr 14, 2008
To reduce emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2), it makes a lot of sense to look at buildings and pavement. In the United States, buildings account for 38% of total CO2 emissions. This is partly due to . . . more  2196 views with knol (272 views)
views: 1822 | comments: 13 | Feb 27, 2010
Silicon Valley start-up Bloom Energy has developed the Bloom Box, a power plant in a box. It essentially is a fuel cell system that can look after the electricity needs of a medium-size house, while you . . . more

Who goes first, the chicken or the egg?

views: 1807 | comments: 68 | Apr 24, 2008
In discussions about global warming, many are reluctant to make ‘the first move’. The coal industry points at figures by the Energy Information Administration (EIA), showing that coal accounted . . . more


China’s BYD to launch green cars

views: 1659 | comments: 7 | Oct 12, 2008
Investor Warren Buffett recently invested $230 million to take a 10% stake in BYD. Reason enough to take a closer look at BYD. Shenzhen-based BYD (build your dreams) is China’s largest battery . . . more  See Beijing’s policy to combat pollution from vehicles (Jan 4, 2009)

‘Repower America’ ad refused by ABC

views: 1651 | comments: 28 | Oct 8, 2008
Intro: I received a message from Cathy Zoi, CEO of http://www.wecansolveit.org urging people to tell the ABC to air the Repower America ad. I fully support Cathy’s call and share the message below . .. more
views: 1644 | comments: 31 | Dec 20, 2008
When it’s hot, should you turn on the car’s air-conditioner? As many will have experienced, driving with the air-conditioner on can increase fuel consumption by 10% or more. Yet, especially . . . more

The Electric Ford F-150 Truck

views: 1619 | comments: 9 | Jul 6, 2009
The Electric Ford F-150 uses four in-wheel motors, one in each of the wheels. The concept car was on display at the 2008 SEMA Show in the Ford Motor Company booth. PML Flightlink supplied the . . . more  2621 views with knol (1002 views)

Heavyweight Electric Vehicles

views: 1538 | comments: 28 | Dec 17, 2007
Electric vehicles have many advantages, such as little maintenance, gear changes, noise and fumes, and – of course – no emissions, if powered with electricity from clean sources. Batteries can be expensive . . . more

Cheap electric cars

views: 1509 | comments: 26 | Nov 7, 2007
Would you like to get a cheap electric car? Project Better Place has raised more than $200 million in funding to source electric cars and batteries for a network of charging spots and battery exchange . . . more  See Cheap electric cars, part 2 (Apr 3, 2008)

An 80% cut in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020

views: 1494 | comments: 60 | Mar 18, 2008
Virtually all countries have ratified the Kyoto protocol. Yet, carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions are rising even faster than the worst-case estimates by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change . . . more  See blog Change-our-world  (updated: May 20, 2008, 1071 views)

For the January–November 2010 period, the combined global land and ocean surface temperature was 0.64°C (1.15°F) above the 20th century average — the warmest on record  . . . more  2051 views with blogpost (601 views)   Updates Arctic Sea Ice Falls Below 2007 Low and update at When will Arctic waters be ice-free? (Aug 16, 2011, 114 views)

Breakthroughs open door to Hydrogen Economy

views: 1368 | comments: 32 | Aug 1, 2008
Two studies published in the July 31 issue of Science help open the door to the hydrogen economy by eliminating the need for platinum in electrolyzers and fuel cells. Hydrogen can be produced . . . more  See The Hydrogen Economy (Mar 31, 2008), The Hydrogen Economy – effective policies needed (May 31, 2008), Hydrogen – efficiency (Sep 19, 2007) and Iceland, the First Hydrogen Society (Nov 10, 2007)


Fees on Livestock to fund Biochar

views: 1351 | comments: 85 | Sep 21, 2007
The above image is from a NASA news release discussing that interactions with aerosols boost the global warming potential of gases such as methane . A study published in Science by a team led by . . . more  See Tax the sale of meat! (Sep 1, 2007, 97 views), knol Biochar and A more responsible Livestock sector (Mar 1, 2010, 294 views) and Olaf Schuiling proposes olivine rock grinding (Aug 17, 2011)  On Health, see What most defines our Times? (Sep 3, 2001) and comments at Fat tax: right idea, wrong approach by Steve B. (Apr 12, 2002) and Climate change impacts and the risk to your health by Steve B. (Jun 17, 2011)

Supergrid

views: 1342 | comments: 43 | Nov 19, 2008
Extract: As we shift away from fossil fuel and as the number of wind turbines increases, more and more people are calling for a . . . more  Update at Superb Grid  (Jan 10, 2010)
views: 1314 | comments: 127 | Nov 13, 2007
In the United States, the average house size is 2,500 square feet, but Jay Shafer prefers to live in a 96-square-foot house, in Sebastopol, California (watch video).  Jay built the house in 1997 . . . more — see also Communities without Roads (Sep 26, 2007)

Electric Vehicles for hire in Paris

views: 1310 | comments: 14 | Jun 22, 2008
Since July 2007, a program called Vélib’ has dotted Paris with 10,000 electric hire-bicycles, stationed in 750 bike ranks. To drive them, you’ll need a one-year membership, which can . . . more  See The Copenhagen Wheel for Bicycles (Aug 25, 2010, 310 views)

The e-Spyder Electric Ultralight Plane

views: 1266 | comments: 9 | Jul 22, 2009
On July 19, 2009, the Flightstar e-Spyder flew at South Woodstock doing two flights about 10 minutes each. The plane reached an altitude of 400 feet and speeds of up to 55 mph, according to this article . . . more  See Wild Green Yonder (Nov 2, 2007), Green Flight Challenge (April 11, 2010) and All-electric airplane sets new speed record (July 5, 2011, 45 views)
On December 7, 2009, 56 newspapers in 45 countries took the unprecedented step of speaking with one voice through a common editorial . This because humanity faces a profound emergency. Unless . . . more

Overpopulation?

views: 1261 | comments: 14 | May 18, 2008
Some people say that world population is “exploding” and that “overpopulation should be tackled”, supposedly to deal with both food shortages and global warming. OK, the pope has a . . . more

Solar Impulse makes its maiden flight

views: 1245 | comments: 20 | Dec 5, 2009
The Solar Impulse made its maiden flight on 3 December 2009, at Dübendorf Airfield in Switzerland. During a run down the runway, the plane was for the first time brought to takeoff speed . . . more

Venus’ runaway greenhouse effect a warning for Earth

views: 1221 | comments: 37 | Nov 28, 2007
Venus was transformed from a haven for water to a fiery hell by an runaway greenhouse effect, concludes the European Space Agency (ESA), after studying data from the Venus Express, which has been orbiting . . . more  1338 views with blog post (117 views)
In Canada, the Ontario government has announced that it wants to have one out of every 20 vehicles driven in Ontario to be electrically powered by 2020. To help achieve that target, buyers . . . more  See Beijing’s policy to combat pollution from vehicles (Jan 4, 2009, 306 views)

Dangers of Global Warming – update

views: 1212 | comments: 15 | Apr 16, 2008
After publication of Ten Dangers of Global Warming , now more than a year ago, some said that the article was ‘alarmist’ and had ‘dramatized’ the impact of global warming. After the Intergovernmental . . . more  Updates a number of posts, including Ten Dangers of Global Warming  See blog Change our World (updated: May 20, 2008, 1131 views) which is based on An 80% cut in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020

President Obama on July 15th, 2010, visited Compact Power, Inc. a subsidiary of LG Chem Ltd., a battery plant in Holland, Michigan that will manufacture batteries to support 52,000 Chevy Volts a year . . . more
Global warming has plunged the planet into a crisis and the fossil fuel industries are trying to hide the extent of the problem from the public, NASA’s top climate scientist says. “The problem . . . more

Open Letter warning President Obama about a Global Cap-and-Trade Scheme

views: 1141 | comments: 51 | Feb 3, 2009
President Obama, please read this! The energy and environmental policy that you have proposed for the U.S. is a patchwork of policies, ranging from higher fuel efficiency standards and subsidies for . . . more   2177 views with knol (1016 views) and blog cap-and-trade  (20 views)  See Global Warming – cap and trade or tax? (Apr 6, 2007), Clean Energy Standard? (May 5, 2011), California’s Climate Change Proposals (Nov 25, 2008) and blog Cap and Capture
The Distributed Grid
views: 1122 | comments: 40

January 15, 2008 — Electric vehicles can cut greenhouse gas emissions in two ways. They are clean and efficient. By acting as storage capacity, they can also make the electric grid more efficient. Electric cars are . . more  1228 views with duplicate at The Distributed Grid (112 views)
views: 1113 | comments: 66 | Mar 27, 2008
A huge ice shelf, measuring 5,282 square miles (13,680 square kilometers), has begun to collapse because of rapid climate change on Antarctica. The Wilkins Ice Shelf is a broad plate of permanent floating . . . more   See blog Change our world (updated: May 20, 2008) and Antarctica is warming up (Jan 22, 2009)
April 10, 2008 — Black carbon has a warming effect in the atmosphere three to four times greater than prevailing estimates, according to a review study in the journal Nature Geoscience . According to the study, . . . more

Hydrogen – efficiency

views: 1069 | comments: 69 | Sep 19, 2007

With hydrogen, there are different types of efficiencies. There’s the efficiency of producing the hydrogen and there’s the efficiency of using the hydrogen. Let’s first examine how . . . more  See The Hydrogen Economy (Sep 17, 2007), Iceland, the world’s first hydrogen society (Nov 10, 2007), The Hydrogen Economy – effective policies needed (May 31, 2008) and Breakthroughs open door to Hydrogen Economy (Aug 1, 2008)

Who (almost) killed the Hydrogen Car?

views: 1067 | comments: 21 | Jul 22, 2009
The Hydrogen Initiative Ex-President G. W. Bush loved photo opportunities that portrayed him as an advocate of hydrogen cars. The photo on the right shows Bush inspecting a scooter powered by solid . . . more  1178 views with Hydrogen cars (Sep 28, 2007, 111 views)

Tax greenhouse gas emissions!

views: 1067 | comments: 82 | Jun 15, 2007
The quickest and most effective way to deal with global warming is to tax greenhouse gas emissions and to spend the proceeds to encourage the use of renewable energy locally. Tax puts a price on pollution . . . more  2065 views with Global Warming – Tax or Standards? (Jun 26, 2007, 609 views) and Global Warming – cap and trade or tax? (Apr 6, 2007, 390 views)  See Open Letter warning President Obama about a Global Cap-and-Trade Scheme (Feb 3, 2009), Cap-and-trade is dead – new proposal includes fees (Mar 9, 2010, 525 views), Clean Energy Standard? (May 4, 2011), blog cap-and-capture (200 views) and knol Feebates 

Antarctica is warming up

views: 1037 | comments: 16 | Jan 22, 2009
While the weather has been cold in some places over the past few months, the year 2008 was among the ten warmest years in the period of instrumental measurements, which extends back to 1880.  The . . . more  See Antarctica ice shelf collapse (March 27, 2008)

$2.4 Billion for Next Generation Electric Vehicles

views: 1007 | comments: 58 | Mar 20, 2009
U.S. Department of energy Announcement President Obama Announces $2.4 Billion in Funding to Support Next Generation Electric Vehicles DOE Support for Advanced Battery Manufacturing and . . . more
views: 990 | comments: 2 | Dec 11, 2009
Solar electric vehicles feature prominently at the Sanyo display at the Eco Products 2009 International Exhibition at Tokyo Big Sight , held from December 10 – 12. The Solar Electric Vehicle . . . more  2722 views with knol Ten most Electrifying Ideas (1732 views)

Will America be a desert by 2100?

views: 987 | comments: 19 | May 21, 2009
Will America be a desert by 2100? Or Africa, India or China, for that matter? Chances are, according to MIT projections , that global median surface temperature will rise by 9.4 degrees F (5.2 degrees C) by 2100, . . . more

Save the Rainforest

views: 968 | comments: 48 | May 17, 2008
World biodiversity has declined by almost one third in the past 35 years due mainly to habitat loss and the wildlife trade, according to a Reuters report on the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), and . . . more
views: 948 | comments: 29 | Jan 16, 2011
All nations should commit to effective action to deal with climate change. Nations should each be able to decide for themselves how to do this, provided they each meet agreed targets independently . . . more  4153 views with knol (1834 views), blogpost (283 views) and blog (1089 views)  Update at knol Action Plan (Mar 2011, 380 views)

A national bottle recycling bill

views: 913 | comments: 18 | May 5, 2008
We may soon have a national surcharge on drink containers. The idea is that this will encourage people to recycle drink bottles and cans. When the bottles and cans are brought to recycling centers, the . . . more  Update at Towards a Sustainable Economy (May 19, 2009)
How much surface does it take to supply solar energy? The image accompanying this article shows how much surface needs to be covered in theory by solar power facilities to generate enough electricity . . . more  See Electric vehicles increase potential of wind turbines and knol by Bernardus, Sustainable Energy Plan in Scientific American (Dec 15, 2009)
The Segway Personal Transporter (pictured right) has been around for years. It was first unveiled in 2001, and produced in 2002. It is self-balancing and users lean forward or backward to go forwards, . . . more
What are the basics of Global Warming, specifically the impact of extra heat? What is extra heat? What is its impact on global warming? Feel free to make comments if you see things differently! . . . more

Reinventing the Wheel

views: 876 | comments: 97 | Feb 22, 2008
The image on the right shows the Anderson Mill, in Travis County, Texas, which was built in the 1850s as a corn mill. Since ancient times, waterwheels and wind mills have been used to grind grain to produce . . . more  1287 views with knol (411 views)

Introducing Solar Cooking to the World

views: 863 | comments: 29 | Feb 18, 2008
As we all know, we should end the practices of burning forests and clearing land for farming, for urban expansion and for road construction. Big companies are often blamed for this, but what’s often . . . more  See Clean Energy Ministerial (Jul 21, 2010) and When will we see the light (Feb 29, 2008)

President Obama recently outlined the new “HOMESTAR” program to help create jobs by encouraging energy saving home improvements. Key components of the HOMESTAR Program include: Rebates . . . more

More Wind Power!

views: 839 | comments: 50 | Oct 1, 2007
Globally, wind power generation more than quadrupled between 2000 and 2006. But while wind power is making steady progress in Europe, the U.S. gets less than 1% of its electricity from wind power, Spain . . . more  1178 views with Wind could power all UK homes by 2020 (Dec 11, 2007, 342 views)  See Combat Global Warming with Evaporative Cooling (Oct 25, 2007, 502 views), knol Electric vehicles increase potential of wind turbines (593 views) and post (292 views) by Bernardus, Wind Lens improves wind turbines (Aug 30, 2011, 185 views), knol America needs more wind turbines – onshore and offshore (42 views) and theenergycollective  On bird kill and health impact of wind turbines, see comments at All Responses to Climate Change Are Not Equal by Steve B. (Aug 9, 2010) and post by David K. (his comment Feb 17, 2011)

Boeing announced that it has successfully conducted test flights of a manned airplane powered by hydrogen fuel cells. A two-seater Dimona plane with a 16.3 meter (53.5 foot) wingspan and a conventional . . . more  1040 views with Hydrogen can power airplanes without greenhouse gas emissions (217 views, Oct 21, 2007)  See Wild Green Yonder (Nov 2, 2007) and Green Flight Challenge (Apr 11, 2010) and The e-Spyder Electric Ultralight Plane (Jul 22, 2009)

When will we see the light?

views: 820 | comments: 36 | Feb 29, 2008
Lights consume about 2 trillion kilowatt-hours annually, or one-eighth of all electric power. Globally, lighting is equal in emission contribution to about 70% of the world’s passenger vehicles. Of . . . more  See Clean Energy Ministerial (July 21, 2010) and Introducing Solar Cooking to the World (Feb 18, 2008)
The Senate is working out details of a comprehensive Energy and Climate Change Bill that would add fees on gasoline sales to help clean up transport . Linking the two is vital to make this work. . . . more

Superb Grid

views: 804 | comments: 18 | Jan 10, 2010
Offshore Wind Energy in the U.K. A total of 32 GW of wind power is scheduled to be delivered in the UK by 2020, a capacity equal to a quarter of the UK’s electricity needs by 2020. . . more — 1742 views with knol SuperB Grid (939 views)  Updates Supergrid (Nov 19, 2008)
Arctic Sea Ice Falls Below 2007 Low
views: 796 | comments: 17 | Jun 12, 2009
The graph below shows the daily sea ice extent. The solid blue line indicates the 2009 data; the dashed green line shows the data for 2007; and the solid gray line indicates average . . . more  Update at 2011 starts with lowest Arctic sea ice extent on record (Jan 7, 2011)
As California recovers from wildfires , a study by researchers at University of California-Berkeley finds that global warming will have a broad and devastating impact on California’s economy over . . . more  1200 views with Los Angeles introduces Carbon Reduction Surcharge linked to Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency (Mar 16, 2010, 434 views)
views: 762 | comments: 18 | Jun 2, 2009
Earth 2100 will be broadcast by the ABC on June 2nd, 2009 from 9 to 11 pm Eastern time. Hosted by Bob Woodruff, it explores a future in which we don’t take action on the problems we’re facing. . . . more

Michelin Active Wheel

views: 756 | comments: 6 Sep 19, 2009
In 2008, Michelin first introduced the Active Wheel concept. Now, at the Frunkfurt Motor Show, Michelin has taken the concept one step further, introducing a wheel that not only integrates the brake . . . more

Open letter to Dr Pachauri

views: 749 | comments: 7 Mar 10, 2009
Climate Congress, Copenhagen, 10-12 March, 2009 Open letter to Dr Rajendra K. Pachauri, IPCC chair Dear Dr Pachauri, The Climate Congress presents an important opportunity to present all facets . . . more — with several signatories  1038 views with geo-engineering blogpost (289 views)
The Green Flight Competition is part of NASA’s Centennial Challenges , a prize program for ‘citizen inventors’. In 2007, it was called the Personal Air Vehicle Challenge, while in 2008 it was called . . . more  2239 views with knol (1494 views) — also see Wild Green Yonder (Nov 2, 2007, 400 views), Boeing succussfully flies hydrogen plane (Apr 4, 2008) and The e-Spyder Electric Ultralight Plane (Jul 22, 2009)

Clean Energy Ministerial

views: 743 | comments: 3 | Jul 21, 2010
Clean Energy Ministerial On July 19th and 20th in Washington, D.C., ministers from 24 governments participated in the first-ever Clean Energy Ministerial, launching 11 new initiatives to accelerate . . . more  See Introducing solar cooking to the world (Feb 18, 2008), When will we see the light? (Feb 29, 2008), 1 million electric vehicles on the road by 2015 (Feb 9, 2011) and Four Principles for Comprehensive Climate and Energy Legislation (Jul 21, 2010, 422 views)

Electric Lightning!

views: 726 | comments: 38 | Dec 25, 2007
The Lightning car company has released new electric cars in the UK.  The electric Lightning GT and Sports versions are now available to pre-order. Reservations for the first cars (2008 delivery) . . . more
views: 722 | comments: 20 | Aug 7, 2009
Best target? Best policies? With the Copenhagen Conference fast approaching, what targets should be aimed for? What are the best targets? What policies can best achieve such targets? . . . more  1860 views with knol Target 2020 (1138 views)  See An 80% cut in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 (Mar 18, 2008)

The Nuclear Delusion

views: 718 | comments: 117 | Sep 29, 2007
Last Friday, President George W. Bush urged delegates of the world’s 16 biggest emitters of greenhouse gases to agree on an approach to deal with global warming.  “By next summer, we will . . . more  1365 views with Japan faces Nuclear Meltdown? (Mar 12, 2011, 647 views)

Let electric vehicles power homes!

views: 713 | comments: 30 | Dec 24, 2007
Can electric vehicles supply power to homes?  The short answer is yes! Electric vehicles can be connected to the electric grid, not only to draw electricity from the grid . . . more  1351 views with updated post (Jan 25, 2008, 514 views) and knol (124 views)  See knol Electric vehicles increase potential of wind turbines, by Bernardus

Towards a Sustainable Economy

views: 695 | comments: 10 | May 19, 2009
Cycle A: Inorganic Waste — We’re all familiar with the idea that we’re running out of scarce resources. We just cannot continue to keep drilling and mining for more fossil fuel, metals . . . more  3354 views with knol (1855 views) and blog (804 views)  updates Four Cycles of a Sustainable Economy (Jan 13, 2009, 721 views) and A national bottle recycling bill (May 5, 2008)
views: 688 | comments: 16 | Jan 28, 2008
The $10-million dollar Automotive X Prize (AXP) aims to inspire a new generation of viable, super-efficient vehicles in order to help break our addiction to oil and stem the effects of climate change. . . . more   1114 views with Green GT electric race car (October 25, 2009, 125 views) and Electric car goes for speed record (Aug 13, 2010, 301 views)
views: 681 | comments: 320 | Aug 13, 2008
Off-shore drilling is a stunt! The perceived need for off-shore drilling is a stunt designed to make it look as if McCain was making efforts to lower oil prices. Oil companies have until now rarely even . . . more  808 views with copies by JG (88 views) and DD (39 views)  Update at Tax package – another missed opportunity to get things right (Dec 18, 2010)
views: 667 | comments: 14 | Dec 15, 2009
A Plan for a Sustainable Future is the theme of the November 2009 issue of Scientific American. It contains A Plan to Power 100 Percent of the Planet with Renewables, by Mark Jacobson and Mark Delucchi, . . . more  1198 views with First Solar joins Desertec (Mar 17, 2010, 531 views)  See Solar Grand Plan, by Chris Wiegard and knol Electric vehicles increase potential of wind turbines, by Bernardus
Southern California Edison (SCE) on March 27, 2008, asked the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) for approval to install photovoltaic solar panels on the rooftops of commercial buildings over . . . more  See Topaz Solar Farm – 550 MW (May 4, 2008), Tower Skin fits photovoltaic cocoon around buildings (Feb 21, 2010, 284 views) and knol Electric vehicles increase potential of wind turbines, by Bernardus 

Electric cars – perfect fit for Hawaii

views: 659 | comments: 40 | Oct 6, 2008
Last month, Hawaii received $1.7 million in grants to modernize its electric grids to accommodate an influx of renewable energy, with an eye toward electric cars. Why Hawaii? The geothermal power . . . more
views: 654 | comments: 15 | Nov 21, 2008
A $1 billion plan proposed by Better Place for the San Francisco Bay Area has been endorsed by the Bay Area’s big-city mayors, including San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums . . .more
views: 650 | comments: 10| Dec 27, 2009
In a CNN podcast , added December 20, 2009, CNN’s Fareed Zakaria interviews inventor and billionaire Nathan Myhrvold, former chief technology officer at Microsoft . . . more  Update at knol The Threat of Methane Release from Permafrost and Clathrates
views: 648 | comments: 31 | Dec 26, 2009
As the year draws to an end, and I receive best wishes from many friends, I like to take the opportunity to return the wishes. Some asked me about the meaning of my motto: We CAN change the World. . . . more
views: 647 | comments: 25 | Jan 4, 2010
James Hansen recently published a book, Storms of My Grandchildren . The title refers to the extreme weather events that await the next generation unless dramatic cuts are made in the . . . more  See Clean Energy Standard? (May 5, 2011), blog Save our Climate (4 views) and knol The Biochar Economy (with references to the Australian Carbon Tax regulatory package)

China calls for World Currency

views: 637 comments: 19 Mar 24, 2009
China recently called for a World Currency, or global reserve currency, to be operated by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) via its Special Drawing Rights (SDR). The governor of the People’s . . . more  See Ditch the Dollar (Dec 1, 2007, 197 views), How about taxing financial transactions? (Jan 2, 2008, 258 views, 101 comments), I.O.U.S.A. (Aug 9, 2008, 286 views) and The Biochar Economy (Sep 26, 2011)
Transport troubles . . . and how to resolve them

views: 635 | comments: 54 | Dec 31, 2010

The trouble with transport is that it is mostly powered by oil, which causes all kinds of other troubles, such as environmental troubles, health troubles, money troubles and many further troubles . . . more  834 views with knol (199 views)  Update at America can win the clean energy race (Dec 30, 2010),  Clean Energy Standard? (May 5, 2011) and Tax package – another missed opportunity to get things right (Dec 18, 2010)
views: 629 | comments: 8 | Dec 26, 2008
In Oregon, the Portland City Council has developed a feebate policy to improve the environmental performance of buildings. The proposed policy seeks to cut carbon emissions from buildings, reduce . . . more

No reasons to postpone a rapid shift to EVs

views: 627 | comments: 30 | Apr 17, 2010
Why we should shift to electric vehicles (EVs) Transportation is a fast-growing sector. Without cleaning up the transport sector, it’s impossible to achieve a cut in greenhouse gas emissions . . . more  2185 views with knol We want EVs now (1558 views)  See knols Myths about Electric Vehicles (391 views), and EV FAQ, both with Bernardus

Afforestation – bringing life into the deserts

views: 624 | comments: 10 | Sep 22, 2009
Large-scale afforestation, in the form of bringing vegetation into the desert by means of desalinated water, is proposed by a team of scientists. A study by Leonard Ornstein, a cell biologist at the Mount . . . more  1039 views with knol Biomass (310 views), blogpost Biomass (104 views) — See knol Vortex towers could vegetate deserts (456 views)

I’m A Climate Scientist

views: 623 | comments: 66 | May 15, 2011
Actually, I’m not a climate scientist, but here’s a video of a group of people who are climate scientists. They’re not musicians or entertainers by profession, but they do want their message to be heard . . . more  853 views with Shooting the messenger (Feb 20, 2011, 230 views) 


Two bipartisan bills have been introduced of the Electric Drive Vehicle Deployment Act of 2010, to help electric cars and trucks to be developed, as well as the necessary infrastructure such as charging . . . more
views: 590 | comments: 50 | Jun 24, 2010
In Australia, Kevin Rudd has just resigned as Prime Minister. Rudd has been replaced by Julia Gillard who will be Australia’s first female Prime Minister. Two and half years ago, Kevin Rudd came . . . more

The Lynx Electric Car

views: 558 | comments: 2 | Aug 20, 2009
Electric cars are expected to attract a lot of media attention at the UN Climate Change Conference COP15 in December in Copenhagen. Car manufacturers will see the global media and diplomats . . . more  2016 views with knol The Lynx (1458 views)

Arctic Sea Ice Loss – Open Letter

views: 556 | comments: 35 | Jun 26, 2010
Open letter on Arctic Sea Ice Loss. The Arctic sea ice acts as a giant mirror to reflect sunlight back into space and cool the Earth.  The sea ice has been retreating far faster than . . . more   with several signatories — 1237 views with blogpost Open letter on Arctic sea ice loss (595 views) and knol (86 views) — See blogposts Open Letter to Major Economies Forum (Apr 20, 2009) and Call for action (Apr 18, 2011, 43 views) — See posts at Arctic-new under U.N. Climate Agreement (Dec 11, 2011)

Book Review – Electric and Hybrid Cars: A History

views: 555 | comments: 13 | Sep 5, 2008

Electric and Hybrid Cars: A History By Curtis D. Anderson, Judy Anderson 199 pages – published by McFarland & Company (November 1, 2004) This book describes and illustrates . . . more

Power plant emissions unlawful
views: 555 | comments: 35 | Feb 9, 2008
On Friday, a US federal appeals court in Washington ruled that a policy by the Bush administration that exempted coal- and oil-fired power plants from regulations on emissions of mercury and other hazardous . . . more  1433 views with EPA: Greenhouse Gases constitute Threat (Dec 7, 2009, 552 views) and EPA action on fossil fuel power plants and petroleum refineries (Dec 23, 2010, 327 views)  See EPA – Environmental Pollution Agency? (Mar 14, 2008, 143 views), Republicans reject budget cuts!!! (March 5, 2011), Shooting the messenger (Feb 20, 2011) and New Zealand bans new power plants that burn fossil fuel Dec 5, 2007, 89 views)

The Nissan LEAF EV

views: 549 | comments: 20 | Aug 2, 2009
Nissan has unveiled the Nissan LEAF Electric Vehicle (EV), a zero-emission car. The Nissan LEAF is a medium-size hatchback seating five adults, with a 24kWh lithium-ion battery pack that generates a . . . more  1554 views with knol (1005 views)
On June 25, 2003, the United States and the European Union agreed to collaborate on the acceleration of the development of the Hydrogen Economy. Billions of dollars were earmarked for development of . . . more  936 views with The Hydrogen Economy (Sep 17, 2007, 400 views)  See Hydrogen – efficiency (Sep 19, 2007), Iceland, the world’s first hydrogen society (Nov 10, 2007) and Breakthroughs open door to Hydrogen Economy (Aug 1, 2008)
views: 534 | comments: 22 | Jun 7, 2009
Fuji Heavy Industries will start selling the plug-in battery electric Subaru Stella in Japan from July 2009. The Stella seats four, has a top speed of 100 km/h (62 mph) and can travel up to 90km . . . more  1238 views with knol Subaru Stella (705 views)
Movie Review: The Age of Stupid

views: 531 | comments: 13 | Apr 11, 2009
The Age of Stupid is a 90-minute cinema-documentary about climate change, set in the future. It features an archivist living alone in the devastated world of 2055, looking at old footage from . . . more
Alternatives to fossil fuel are available that are superior in many respects. Not only are they better for the environment, they are better for our health, they are cheaper, more efficient, better for . . more — 2218 views with knol America can win the clean energy race (551 views) and TheEnergyCollective (1143 views)  See Clean Energy Standard? (May 4, 2011)
As I discussed in What will power your next car? , solar/PV energy represented a meager 0.081% of the energy produced in the US in 2007, barely more than the 0.066% it produced back in 2000. Renewables’ . . . more  See Sierra Club Statement of Support for Efforts to Advance Plug-In Electric Vehicles in the US (Jul 8, 2011, 101 views)

Bill to electrify Postal Vehicles
views: 491 | comments: 21 | Dec 18, 2009

The American Electric Vehicle Manufacturing Act was introduced in the House of Representatives on December 16, 2009, by Congressman José E. Serrano . Bill H.R. 4399, or “e-Drive” . . . more — 943 views with Japan Post gets electric cars (Jun 3, 2008, 452 views)
More Electric Vehicles on the way
views: 488 | comments: 23 | Dec 5, 2010
For a long time, the Tesla Roadster was the sole mass-produced electric vehicle for sale. That is about to change. Not only is Tesla planning to launch a new model (Tesla Model S), a large number of . . . more  797 views with Tesla Roadster (Dec 9, 2007, 309 views)

In his 2011 State of the Union address , President Obama calls for one million electric vehicles (EVs) on the road by 2015, repeating a target set in his 2008 election promise . Incentives are . . . more  1180 views with President Obama announces $50 billion transport infrastructure investment (Sep 6, 2010, 343 views), Four innovation breakthroughs thanks to Recovery Act (Aug 28, 2010, 352 views)  See Clean Energy Ministerial (Jul 21, 2010) and Electric Drive Vehicle Deployment Act of 2010 (May 29, 2010)  

Five Electrifying Transport Ideas

views: 479 | comments: 20 | Nov 17, 2009
1. High Speed Rail High speed rail can move large amounts of people and freight fast, conveniently and economically. High speed rail systems have been operating successfully in Europe and Japan . . . more  2645 views with knol Ten most electrifying Transport Ideas of 2009 (2167 views)  Update at knol Ten most Electrifying Transport Ideas (1708 views)

President Obama and Russian President Medvedev have agreed to negotiate a new treaty designed to further reduce and limit strategic weapons. Their joint statement says: “We committed our . . . more  1169 views with Global Treaty banning nuclear weapons (Mar 21, 2008, 535 views) and A Global Treaty Banning All Nuclear Weapons (Oct 30, 2007, 157 views)

My favorite groups at Gather

views: 475 | comments: 9 | Aug 13, 2009

Below are some of my favorite groups at Gather. Feel invited to join one or more of them – you’re most welcome to post relevant content. What are your favorite groups? Feel encouraged to mention your . . . more

Electric Vehicles – Frequently Asked Questions

views: 470 | comments: 3 | Aug 15, 2009
1. Are electric cars expensive? The Nissan LEAF EV promises to be as cheap as a similar-sized conventional car. EVs qualify for rebates, tax breaks and further incentives. Furthermore, electricity . . . more  5543 views with knol Electric Vehicles – Frequently Asked Questions, with Bernardus (5073 views)

For several months now, a hydrogen fuel cell has been quietly powering the light at the historic South Gare lighthouse, which can be seen from 25 miles out to sea.  The lighthouse, built in 1884 . . . more  also see The Hydrogen Economy (Sep 17, 2007), The Hydrogen Economy – effective policies needed (May 31, 2008), Iceland, the first hydrogen society (Nov 10, 2007) and Breakthroughs open door to hydrogen economy (Aug 1, 2008)

Green Cars shine at the Frankfurt Motor Show

views: 461 | comments: 11 | Sep 13, 2009
The Frankfurt Motor Show, held every two years, is the world’s largest motor show. It will be held from September 17th – 27th, 2009, in Frankfurt, Germany. At the Frankfurt Motor Show, Hyundai will . . . more

Windrotator – thumbs up for micropower!

views: 451 | comments: 18 | Oct 2, 2010
Windrotator™ is a highly efficient wind energy generator. It mimics the way sailboats adjust their sails to optimize their speed in line with their angle on the wind. Similarly, Windrotator™ . . . more   See blog Energy Generators (16 views)

An electric car has driven a distance of 623.3 miles (1,003.184 km) without recharging. The Mira EV achieved the record at the course of a training school for auto racers in Shimotsuma , Ibaraki, Japan . . . more  693 views with Electric car drives 623 miles (1,003km) on single charge (250 views)
views: 437 | comments: 8 | Sep 10, 2009
French President Nicolas Sarkozy has decided, as French newspaper Le Monde reports: an environmental levy will be introduced with the starting price of 17 euros ($24.8) per ton of CO2. . . more  See Tariffs on imports from polluting countries? (Feb 16, 2008, 386 views)

The circled e
 

views: 434 | comments: 6 | Aug 25, 2010
If you write a post or comment in support of solutions that help a sustainable economy, add the circled e symbol to your post. Even better, add a link underneath to the circled e group here . . . more
Communities without Roads
views: 433 | comments: 32 | Sep 26, 2007
Communities without roads is an exciting concept that allows people to live within walking distances of colleages, customers, friends, medical and educational facilities, shops, restaurants, etc. The sedentary . . . more  838 views with knol (129 views) and blog (276 views) — see also Small houses – perfect for communities without roads (Nov 13, 2007)
On December 17, 2010, President Obama signed an $858 billion legislative package. The package extends a number of provisions on energy: . . . more  787 views with Republicans reject budget cuts!!! (Mar 5, 2011, 359 views)  updates Off-shore drilling – a failed political stunt (Aug 13, 208) — also Transport troubles . . . and how to resolve them (Dec 31, 2010) and Ten Reasons why America can win the clean energy race (Dec 30, 2010)
Methane in the Arctic on the rise
views: 427 | comments: 12 | Feb 22, 2010

Global methane levels are on the rise, as shown on the image adapted from NOAA on the left, partly due to rising emissions in the Arctic. . . more  4071 views with knol The Threat of Methane Release from Permafrost and Clathrates (3644 views)  See knol Methane linked to Seismic Activity in the Arctic

What details should be on vehicle labels?

views: 426 | comments: 7, Aug 31, 2010
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the US Department of Transportation (DOT) are jointly proposing new vehicle labels, for use in dealer showrooms. One of the proposed labels (top of image . . . more
San Francisco is installing new parking meters that are smart  in many respects. The meters accept credit/debit cards, as well as coins. They feature demand-responsive pricing.  Real-time . . . more

Bioasphalt® – renewable asphalt that also saves energy and money

views: 411 | comments: 14 | Oct 8, 2010
Bioasphalt®, a type of asphalt made from bio-oil, was recently used in an asphalt mixture to pave part of a Des Moines bicycle trail. Not only is the product renewable, it also saves energy and . . . more

Clean Energy Standard?

views: 410 | comments: 37 May 5, 2011
In Blueprint for a Secure Energy Future, released March 30, 2011, President Obama describes his proposed Clean Energy Standard (CES), which would set targets for utilities. The CES would . . . more  1242 views with Renewable Electricity Promotion Act of 2010 (Sep 29, 2010, 483 views) and The Lugar Practical Energy and Climate Plan (Jun 8, 2010, 349 views)  See Ten reasons why America can win the clean energy race (Dec 30, 2010), Global Warming – Tax or Standards? (Jun 26, 2007), knol Feebates and Energy Independence, who’s against that? by Steve B. (Apr 1, 2010)
Copenhagen Accord
views: 384 | comments: 6 | Dec 19, 2009
CONFERENCE OF THE PARTIES Fifteenth session Copenhagen, 18 December 2009 Agenda item 9 High-level segment FCCC/CP/2009/L7 Draft decision -/CP.15 Proposal by the President . . . more  477 views with Obama’s speech to the Copenhagen climate summit (Dec 18, 2009, 93 views)

Runaway Global Warming

views: 352 | comments: 18 Apr 15, 2011
The East Siberian Arctic Shelf (ESAS) is a 2,000,000 km 2 region that, due to polar amplification of global warming, can now be 10°C or 18°F warmer than average temperatures were 1951-1980 . . . more — 1322 views with blogpost (309 views), blog (23 views), knol (599 views) — See: How would you allocate US$10 million per year to most reduce climate risk? (Apr 19, 2011, 325 views), blogpost (85 views), Earthquake rattles Washington DC (Aug 24, 2011, 154 views), knol Runaway Warming (52 views), blog (6 views), blogpost (162 views), Dangers of Arctic methane releases: the figures (263 views), Methane linked to Seismic Activity in the Arctic (521 views), Thermal Expansion of the Earth’s Crust Necessitates Geo-engineering (187 views), blogpost (178 views), Arctic temperature anomalies September 2011 (248 views), The use of beamed interfering radio transmitters by M. Light (43 views), Stratospheric Methane Global Warming Veil by M. Light (43 views), Can we capture methane from the Arctic seabed? by S. Salter (32 views)
Mar 21, 2011 — On Saturday, March 26, 2011, on 8:30 pm, Earth Hour will again call upon everyone to show their concern for global warming by switching off their lights for 60 minutes and call for action on climate change. . . .more  1063 views with Earth Hour – Saturday March 27, 2010, 8:30pm (Mar 23, 2010, 711 views)  See Earth Day – April 22, 2010 (400 views)
The Siemens  Electric Bus Rapid Transit system – or e-BRT for short – allows vehicles to run on electricity without overhead contact lines and without rails. The vehicles are . . . more

EV charging stations in Texas

views: 332 | comments: 22 | Apr 10, 2011
Power supplier NRG Energy plans to install a large number of Freedom EV charging stations in the Dallas/Fort Worth region, the fourth-largest metropolitan area by population in America. NRG will . . . more

How to act on global warming

views: 320 | comments: 10 | Apr 29, 2008
Why action needs to be taken It has been known for decades that global warming is a problem. Over time, it has become increasingly clear that greenhouse gas emissions must be reduced to avoid catastrophe. . . more  2004 views with knol Climate Change Action Plan (138 views),  blog Views (916 views) and blog Climate change action plan (630 views) 


Heat waves becoming more common

views: 309 | comments: 33 | Jul 09, 2010
Exceptionally long heat waves and other hot events could become commonplace in the United States in the next 30 years. By 2039, most of the U.S. could experience at least four seasons equally as intense . . . more  See Will America be a desert by 

More by Sam Carana

views: 276 | comments: 4 | Nov 23, 2009

Below are Sam Carana ‘s 20 most viewed posts at Gather, as at 23 November 2009 . . . more  3784 views with More by Sam Carana (Mar 17, 2010, 309 views), More by Sam Carana (Feb 9, 2010, 65 views), More by Sam Carana (Dec 24, 2009, 167 views), Sam Carana’s 100 most viewed posts (Sep 14, 2009, 122 views) and knol Posts with over 1000 views at gather (2821 views)
Shipping emissions of carbon dioxide are underestimated by as much as three times, according to the British daily Guardian, which quotes a new study that shows that annual emissions from the . . . more  See Cleaning up International Aviation (Nov 8, 2011)
Parts of a car’s bodywork could one day double up as its battery, according to the scientists behind a new €3.4 million ($4,633,520 as per Feb 6, 2010) project announced on February 5, 2010. . . . more


Policy option: Feebates

views: 267 | comments: 13 | Jul 13, 2011
On 12 July 2011 the U.K. Government published ‘ Planning our electric future: a White Paper for secure, affordable and low-carbon electricity ’. Plans to reform energy policy are under . . . more  1274 views with theenergycollective Feebates – The Most Effective Way to Accomplish Shifts (248 views), The way back to 280 ppm (123 views), theenergycollective (446 views), knol (103 views), blogpost (91 views), blog (14 views)  See Olaf Schuiling proposes olivine rock grinding (Aug 17, 2011, 235 views) and Global Warming Action – discussing alternatives

Soil as carbon sink

views: 257 | comments: 5 | Jun 2, 2008

The Earth’s soil can act as a huge carbon sink. One way to store more carbon is by inserting AgriChar into the soil, i.e. carbon produced from biowaste. Another way is to store carbon in the soil . . . more  See Biochar (Oct 22, 2007) and Agrichar (Oct 6, 2007)

2010 emissions worst ever

views: 220 | comments: 19 | May 31, 2011

The International Energy Agency (IEA) warns that the prospect of limiting the global rise in temperature to 2ºC is getting bleaker. The EIA estimates that, after a dip in 2009 due to the global . . . more

BOOK: World on the Edge – Lester Brown

views: 182 | comments: 13 | Jun 30, 2011
Below are two interviews (1 & 2) by Thom Hartmann with Lester Brown, on the question: Is the global civilization failing? Lester Brown’s latest book is called: World on the Edge: How to Prevent . . . more

The National Academies has just issued a  report on transport policy . Full text of the summary is posted below. Comments and discussions follow underneath the report. Further relevant comments . . . more  See The US National Academies of Sciences Issues Strongest Yet Statement on Climate Change, by Steve B.
views: 125 | comments: 11 | Jun 3, 2011

When heat is added to water at boiling point (100°C or  212°F ), vapor will appear at the surface, while bubbles of gas are formed throughout the water, but the water’s temperature . . . more  1917 views with post at Energycollective (1240 views), blogpost (51 views) and knol (511 views)

Cleaning up International Aviation

views: 114 | comments: 8 | Nov 8, 2011
From the start of 2012, the European Union (EU) wants airplanes entering or leaving its airports to join the EU ETS. Years ago, the European Council decided that including aviation in the EU ETS was . . .more — 209 views with knol Oxygenating the Arctic (95 views) — See Shipping emissions grossly underestimated (Feb 14, 2008), knols America needs more wind turbines, onshore and offshore, The threat of methane release from permafrost and clathrates and Funding of carbon air capture

Combining Policy and Technology

views: 82 | comments: 9 | Nov 14, 2011
Technologies to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere The  Virgin Earth Challenge is a prize of $25m for whoever can demonstrate to the judges’ satisfaction a commercially viable . . . more  201 views with blogpost (53 views) and knol Proposals to most effectively shift towards a more sustainable economy (66 views)  See knols Towards a Sustainable Economy and The way back to 280ppm

U.N. Climate Agreement

views: 41 | comments: 4 | Dec 11, 2011
A climate agreement has been reached by countries at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Durban, South Africa. The agreement would put all countries under the same legal regime enforcing . . . more   463 views with Cancún hangs on to ineffective Kyoto model (Dec 11,2010, 219 views) and Beyond Kyoto (Feb 27, 2008, 203 views)   See Copenhagen Accord (Dec 19, 2009), What will Bali bring? (Nov 30, 2007, 103 views) and Bonn UN Climate Change Talks (Jun 2, 2009, 338 views)  See also Arctic Methane Emergency Group Letter to World LeadersArctic Methane Alert (Dec 7, 2011, 154 views) & post at Arctic-news (17 views), Three kinds of warming in the Arctic (20 views), The potential for releases from Arctic Stores to cause runaway global warming (10 views) & knol (24 views)

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  1. The potential for releases from Arctic stores to cause runaway global warming
  2. Arctic temperature anomalies September 2011
  3. Proposals to most effectively shift towards a more sustainable economy
  4. Thermal Expansion of the Earth’s Crust Necessitates Geo-engineering
  5. Towards a Sustainable Economy
  6. Ten most Electrifying Transport Ideas
  7. Transport
  8. America needs more wind turbines, onshore and offshore
  9. Electric Vehicles – Frequently Asked Questions
  10. Ten Dangers of Global Warming
  11. The Use of Beamed Interfering Radio Frequency Transmissions to Decompose Arctic Atmospheric Methane Clouds
  12. Stratospheric Methane Global Warming Veil
  13. Space Elevators
  14. Runaway warming
  15. Methane linked to Seismic Activity in the Arctic
  16. The Biochar Economy
  17. Vortex towers could vegetate deserts
  18. Biomass
  19. Towards a Sustainable Economy
  20. Runaway Global Warming
  21. Carbon-negative building
  22. Posts by Sam Carana – by date
  23. What will power your next car?
  24. Action Plan
  25. Earth at Boiling Point
  26. Danger of Arctic methane releases: the figures
  27. Feebates
  28. Global Warming
  29. Myths about Electric Vehicles
  30. Ten most Electrifying Transport Ideas of 2009
  31. America can win the clean energy race
  32. The Threat of Methane Release from Permafrost and Clathrates
  33. Reinventing the Wheel
  34. Global Warming Action Plan
  35. Electric Vehicles
  36. Let electric vehicles power homes!
  37. Transport troubles . . . and how to resolve them
  38. We want EVs now!
  39. Target 2020
  40. Climate Change Action Plan
  41. Communities without Roads
  42. Epistemology
  43. Green Flight Challenge
  44. SuperB Grid
  45. Biochar
  46. Funding of Carbon Air Capture
  47. Subaru Stella
  48. Electric Ford F-150
  49. The Nissan LEAF
  50. The Lynx
  51. Feebates are most effective
  52. Global Warming – Red Alert!
  53. Open Letter warning President Obama about a Global Cap-and-Trade Scheme
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